Intuitive Eating, 4th Edition: A Revolutionary Anti-Diet Approach Paperback – Illustrated, June 23 2020
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- Publisher : St. Martin's Essentials; Illustrated edition (June 23 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250255198
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250255198
- Item weight : 463 g
- Dimensions : 15.82 x 2.72 x 23.7 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Evelyn Tribole, M.S., R.D., is an award-winning registered dietitian with a nutrition counseling practice in Irvine, California, specializing in eating disorders. She is the author of the million-copy bestseller Healthy Homestyle Cooking.
She was the nutrition expert for Good Morning America and was a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association for six years.
Elyse Resch, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, Fiaedp, FADA, FAND
Author of The Intuitive Eating Workbook for Teens and The Intuitive Eating Journal―Your Guided Journey for Nourishing a Healthy Relationship with Food
Co-author of Intuitive Eating, The Intuitive Eating Workbook, and The Intuitive Eating Card Deck―50 Bite-Sized Ways to Make Peace with Food
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The two authors of this book are both professional nutritionists. So, they know their stuff, having benefitted from years of experience of treating people the intuitive eating way. This isn’t just another fad diet book.
It’s a book that promotes listening to your body and eating what it tells you to eat. You will learn how to tune into this super power that we all have. Yes that’s right. You can eat what you want.
You will learn how to honour your hunger and avoid emotional eating. There is even a section on how to bring up your children this way, avoiding food issues later in life.
The book is well written and informative. It backs up its claims with real life stories and scientific evidence. It gets 5 stars from me.
I understand, in theory, how this could be the case. I don't know about you but I don't live in this ideal la-la land that they describe where having a clear and un-compromised head space is probably the #1 requirement to making this work (and I'm an avid meditator, even).
I've always felt like I struggled with learning the difference between my body's true hunger cues and those that are brought on by boredom, stress, or just pure habit. Intermittent fasting is the ONLY thing that has helped me reset these hunger cues.
To give you a point of reference, I'm not a chronic dieter (this book is written for chronic-dieters, I couldn't relate). I am a weight and health conscious person who deeply struggles with emotional eating but I haven't "tried everything." I've cycled through periods where I worked out a lot or tried to eat healthier but dieting or going "on" specific diets and then going "off" diets is not for me.
I've steadily developed a healthy (mostly but not strictly) plant-based diet over YEARS of tweaking. I generally eat what I want, when I want already. That said, a lot of the rhetoric in the book just didn't resonate for me. Intuitive eating is a fuzzy approach at best. I was looking for something more direct and concrete, this book wasn't that and left me feeling frustrated and helpless. Here I am pretty much doing what they say and I've gained 10lbs since the beginning of covid-2020 lock-down (4 mos).
It's time to DO something about it, for real. It's not about sitting down and just accepting that I've gained weight. I don't want to buy new clothes. I feel heavy, lost vitality, feel sluggish, etc. This is NOT just about accepting my new weight and moving on with my life as the authors might suggest. Weight is associated with SO many health issues and ultimately, I'm not happy.
I skimmed the rest of the book and did some index digging too. There is nothing in this book that truly lays out a road map for addressing emotional eating in response to depression and anxiety. These topics are only mentioned ONE TIME in this book and it is in a section explaining how intuitive eating can potentially help alleviate these symptoms. But what if depression and anxiety are the reasons you find this type of eating hard, near impossible?
These authors clearly do not understand how (for some of us) our emotions are intimately tied to our eating patterns. At least for me, it's not possible to read a book, flip a switch, and all of a sudden I'm able to have this innate sense of self-control (which to them is not called "control" at all, I don't get this..).
I'm not overeating because subliminally I think I won't be able to eat later, overeating is my deep rooted default habit in response to some major and some minor traumas in my life (we ALL have these...literally EVERY person). Maybe with the help of a psychologist or mental health professional in conjunction with a nutritionist I could get to a place where I'm in touch with my intuition enough for this method to work... but let's face it, many people reading this book live in the US where wellness and prevention based healthcare are usually only available for people who are rich enough to afford that... i.e. not me and I'm a veteran, even!
If you're struggling with emotional eating like I was (and still am from time to time..it's a work in progress), then head on over and get yourself a copy of Gin Stephen's - Delay, Don't Deny. Do some TRULY clean intermittent fasting and see how it changes you from the inside out.
One other thing I'll mention too is an echo from a review I read on this book. Intuitive eating might work if all you had access to were wholesome unprocessed foods, but this is not the reality in which we we live. There is a multi-billion (maybe even trillion) dollar industry set up around convincing your body to crave satiating foods and to eat more, more, more.. seriously, the space in your stomach is literally a commodity to them.
We (in the US) start pushing this on kids so early in life (see every cereal commercial ever). These types of commercials are actually illegal in some countries, btw.
This industry combined with the diet industry is absolutely set up to make you cycle through dieting and weight gain. Get off the mouse wheel.. take charge of your body.. while realizing this isn't your fault.. love yourself.. you are worth it.. weight loss can be a healthy goal.. :) ~signed an RD school drop-out; because they are actually sometimes part of the problem too.. <3